Cyclone Power Technologies Completes Prototype Biomass Electric Generator  
Pompano Beach, FL - Cyclone Power Technologies announced that is has completed development of a working prototype biomass power generator, the first system of its kind capable of allowing homes, farms and small commercial enterprises to produce electricity from vegetative waste and byproducts. Cyclone's prototype biomass generator is a self-contained, compact system that utilizes the company's award-winning Waste Heat Engine (WHE) to produce power from heat derived from biomass combustion. In the current testing stage, the company is using wood pellets, but virtually any dry plant matter - including grass clippings, corn stalks or wood chips - could be burned cleanly and efficiently. "We believe our system is truly game changing," stated Allan Brown, Cyclone's senior engineer on the WHE biomass project. "Many families, farms and businesses throughout the world burn biomass to heat buildings and warm water, but being able to create electricity from the same fuel source in any climate, at any time of year, offers vast possibilities."
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GE Energy Expands in Growing Offshore Wind Sector with Key Technology Buy   Spire & UNICOR Team Up for Federal Solar Systems
Stockholm, Sweden - GE announced the completion of the acquisition of ScanWind. With this move, GE has expanded its portfolio of renewable energy offerings to better serve customers. ScanWind is a developer of advanced drive train and control wind turbine technologies aimed at offshore deployment. "The acquisition of ScanWind is an important step in our strategy to place GE in a strong position in the growing offshore wind segment," said Victor Abate, Vice President of Renewable Energy for GE Energy, at the European Offshore Wind Conference in Stockholm. "We are impressed by ScanWind's simple, solid, reliable design and by the team of people who developed it." Headquartered in Trondheim, Norway, with a design-engineering centre in Karlstad, Sweden, ScanWind was founded in 1999 to develop and commercialise advanced drive train wind turbine technology that eliminates the need for gearboxes. ScanWind's 41 employees have designed and developed the 11 turbines operating on the Norwegian coast which are currently demonstrating the reliability and performance of this advanced technology.   Bedford, MA -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Spire Corporation, a global solar company providing capital equipment to manufacture photovoltaic (PV) modules, turnkey manufacturing lines and solar PV systems worldwide and UNICOR - Federal Prison Industries, Inc. (UNICOR), a wholly-owned government corporation authorized to operate industries in federal correctional institutions throughout the United States (U.S.), announced the signing of a non-exclusive Teaming Agreement to bring PV systems to the Federal Government. Recently, Spire Solar announced the expansion of Spire Solar Systems. While continuing to supply commercial markets with solar photovoltaic electric systems, this division has broadened its services to the U.S. federal market. As a full-service organization, Spire Solar Systems offers system designs and project management to accommodate federal organizations required to achieve the mandated renewable energy goals of 7.5% by 2013 required by the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPACT). Spire Solar is continuing its efforts to penetrate this market by combining its resources with UNICOR.
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New Energy's Technology for Generating Electricity from Movement of Cars Tested at Burger King   Evergreen Solar Launches New Line of Solar Panels for the Off-Grid Market
Burtonsville, MD - New Energy Technologies, Inc., a next-generation alternative and renewable energy developer, announced that engineers have successfully conducted the first-ever durability field-tests of the Company's prototyped MotionPower™ technology for generating electricity from the motion of cars and light trucks -- a key step in optimizing New Energy's MotionPower™ technology for commercial launch. Durability testing was conducted at quick-service giant, Burger King's, prominent franchise restaurant in the New York Metro area in Hillside, New Jersey throughout the busy Labor Day weekend from September 3rd to September 7th. The Burger King franchise is owned and operated by entrepreneurs, Mr. Drew Paterno and Mr. Michael Wallstein. "It would be great to generate clean electricity by mechanically capturing the kinetic energy of the 100,000-plus cars that drive through our Hillside store alone each year," stated entrepreneur and Burger King franchise owner, Mr. Drew Paterno. "If the MotionPower™ device works and does what we think it will do, we'd be interested in installing it in all our locations."   Marlboro, MA - Evergreen Solar, Inc., a manufacturer of STRING RIBBON solar power products with its proprietary, low-cost silicon wafer manufacturing technology, introduced its new ES-C Series solar panels, designed to substantially expand the company's offering for the global off-grid market. This new line of 80, 120 and 125 W panels will be manufactured by Evergreen Solar's contract manufacturing partner, Jiawei Solarchina Co., Ltd., using cells supplied by Evergreen Solar. The ES-C Series of panels are suitable for direct 12, 24 or 48V battery charging in a wide variety of off-grid applications. The panels provide higher voltages for superior battery charging performance, particularly in hotter climates. Similar to the current line of Evergreen Solar panels serving on-grid markets, the ES-C line of panels deliver more electricity with the least environmental impact of any silicon based solar panel currently available. "The ES-C Series enables Evergreen Solar to capitalize on the expanding off-grid solar market and further positions the company as a leader in the global solar industry," said Dr. Terry Bailey, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Sales.
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Global Green Cars Commits to Build an Electric Vehicle Plant in Kentucky   Tesla to Open Power Train Facility in Palo Alto, California
Williamsburg, KY (MARKET WIRE) - Global Green Cars, Inc. (GGCI) announced that it will proceed with its plan to build an electric vehicle production facility in the State of Kentucky. Earlier this year, Governor Steven L. Beshear of the State of Kentucky pledged his support for this electric vehicle production facility and on May 28, 2009, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority approved a $15.5 million dollar financial incentive package for GGCI to build this facility. Global Green Cars announced its commitment to go forward with this plan on September 1, 2009, which was announced by Kentucky media the same day. GGCI had been waiting to simultaneously announce this commitment with the unveiling of their 2010 G-3 Electric Truck model. The Company plans on completing the transition of their personnel and operations from Idaho to Williamsburg, Kentucky by October 2009. Global Green Cars is planning to produce first stage vehicles in 2010 in a temporary facility and to scale up to mass production in 2011 in a new facility built to meet anticipated demand for its electric vehicles.   Palo Alto, CA - The City of Palo Alto and Tesla Motors announced that Tesla will develop and manufacture electric vehicle components in a renovated building in the Stanford Research Park in Palo Alto. Tesla, the only automaker that is already producing and selling highway-capable electric vehicles, will lease an approximately 350,000-square-foot building on a 23-acre parcel at 3500 Deer Creek Road. The facility will supply all-electric powertrain solutions to Tesla Motors vehicles and other automakers, greatly accelerating the availability of mass-market EVs. The world's premier EV manufacturer will also move its corporate headquarters from San Carlos to the site later this year. Roughly 350 employees will work in Palo Alto initially, with space for up to 650 people at the facility. Tesla's lease of this facility is a creative, adaptive reuse and modernization of a manufacturing facility formerly occupied by Hewlett-Packard and Agilent Technologies. The three-building complex is minutes away from Stanford's main campus and from the garage in Palo Alto where Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard built their original audio oscillator.
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New Solutions From Delphi Help Vehicle Manufacturers Reduce CO2 Emissions Without Major Design Changes   Pike Research: Distributed Solar Energy Market to Reach $55 Billion by 2012
Luxembourg - New developments in the area of fuel injection systems, ignition, valve train and ancillary systems from Delphi Corporation will help European manufacturers of gasoline engines meet growing demands for reduced CO2 and other tailpipe emissions without the cost and risk of radically different technologies. The new systems are part of Delphi's broad portfolio of powertrain technologies for gasoline, diesel, hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles. "Our strategy is to help vehicle manufacturers meet their emissions targets at minimum cost and with minimal technical risk by offering a portfolio of both revolutionary and evolutionary technologies," explains Delphi Powertrain Systems engineering director, Europe gasoline engines, Dr. Sebastian Schilling. "Delphi's understanding of the interdependencies of systems at the whole vehicle level gives us tremendous insight into their interactions, helping us see where the most cost-effective benefits can be achieved and allowing us to support a wide range of emissions control strategies."   Boulder, CO - Distributed energy generation, using a variety of renewable power technologies, is one of the most important tools for addressing the challenge of meeting the world's growing electricity demands. Within the Renewable Distributed Energy Generation (RDEG) market, sub-utility scale solar photovoltaics (PV) systems are by far the largest and most significant segment. According to a recent report from Pike Research, the distributed solar energy market is poised for dramatic growth over the next few years, and the cleantech market intelligence firm forecasts that global installed capacity will approach 2.5 gigawatts by 2012, with annual system revenues surpassing $55 billion. "Residential and commercial solar energy remains a subsidy-driven market, but we expect the reliance on government and utility incentives to subside over the next several years as cost structures improve with economies of scale," says senior analyst David Link, who authored the report. "The dependence on feed-in tariffs and other incentives will be far lower in Europe within 3-5 years and in the U.S. within 5-10 years."
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BlackLight Power Announces Independent Validation of Breakthrough New Energy Source   Cheap Solar? Texan House Aims Low to Win Contest
Cranbury, NJ - BlackLight Power, Inc. announced that scientists at Rowan University have for the first time independently formulated and tested fuels that on demand generated energy greater than that of combustion at power levels of kilowatts using BLP's proprietary solid-fuel chemistry capable of continuous regeneration. Operating power systems using BLP's chemistry, Rowan University professors have reported a net energy gain of up to 6.5 times the maximum energy potential of the materials in the system from known chemical reactions. In a joint statement, Dr. K.V. Ramanujachary, Rowan University Meritorious Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Dr. Amos Mugweru, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, and Dr. Peter Jansson P.E., Associate Professor of Engineering said, "In independent tests conducted over the past three months involving 10 solid fuels made by us from commercially-available chemicals, our team of engineering and chemistry professors, staff, and students at Rowan University has independently and consistently generated energy in excesses ranging from 1.2 times to 6.5 times the maximum theoretical heat available through known chemical reactions."   Houston, TX - A solar-powered house built by a group of Texas students offers a blueprint for recession-hit U.S. families to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions and their electricity bills without busting their budget. The Zerow House, built by students at Rice University in Houston, will compete against other solar homes in Washington D.C. in October as part of the Solar Decathlon sponsored by the U.S. Energy Department. But unlike some of its competitors, which are integrating high-concept, high-price features like tricked-out home entertainment systems and moving solar arrays that track the sun, the Rice team's aim is affordability. A quest for low-emission energy sources and looming first-ever U.S. regulations on carbon dioxide emissions have sparked renewed interest in solar power, which until recent years has been in an extended infancy in the United States since it was invented in 1954 by Bell Labs.
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Denmark on Inaugurates World's Biggest Offshore Wind Farm   LAX Signs First Supply Deal for Synthetic Diesel from Rentech
Esbjerg, Denmark - Denmark inaugurated the world's biggest offshore wind farm in time to serve as a showcase of its green technological prowess before a global climate conference in Copenhagen in December. The 91-turbine Horns Rev 2 wind farm off the west coast of Jutland in the North Sea will generate enough electricity for 200,000 Danish households. "Horns Rev 2 is an important step in our energy policy," Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen told guests gathered for the opening ceremony in the west coast town of Esbjerg. "It's our ambition that Denmark will be a green growth laboratory," Rasmussen said after he joined Crown Prince Frederik in inaugurating the park on its offshore platform. World leaders will meet in the Danish capital on December 7-19 to try to hammer out a new global climate treaty to replace the Kyoto Protocol that expires in 2012.   Los Angeles, CA - Los Angeles-based synthetic fuels and fertilizer company Rentech announced it signed a deal to supply up to 1.5 million gallons per year of renewable synthetic diesel fuel for the ground-based equipment of at least eight airlines starting in late 2012. Vice President of Investor Relations Julie Dawoodjee said it's the first commercial deal since Rentech brought in a new management team three-and-a-half years ago to commercialize its technology based on the Fischer-Tropsch process. Rentech's process uses biomass and sewage sludge to make synthetic diesel and electricity. Shares of the company were up more than 86 percent to close at $2.40 today. "There's a big distinction between what we have and what's in the market. It's very different from ethanol and biofuel because we're not using fats, oils or food feedstocks; we're using waste materials that are being diverted from landfills," Dawoodjee told the Cleantech Group. "These are drop-in fuels that can be used in today's engines and infrastructure. They don't require blending, but you can."
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Hungarian Monks Turn Abbey Green with Biomass Plant   SMA Expands Technology Edge in Photovoltaic Market with Acquisition of Dutch Company's Module Inverter Technology
Pannonhalma, Hungary - The Abbey of Pannonhalma celebrated its millennium in 1996. The monks never looked back, and already have the next 1,000 years in mind. Before winter sets in, the picturesque hilltop Abbey will get its own heating plant that runs on wood refuse from a nearby forestry and plant debris from local farms. It will nearly halve energy costs while cutting fossil fuel usage. "We will eliminate the need to burn natural gas in all but the coldest days of the year," said chief architect Sandor Beck, pointing at the concrete skeleton of the plant. "We will put solar panels on the roof, and even collect and use rainwater." The plant is just the sort of power supply - small, local and renewable - that experts say is best for sustainable energy. Still, similar projects are rare, reflecting problems with Hungary's EU commitment to green power. The European Union has set out to increase the share of renewables in its energy mix to 20 percent by 2020. Member states share that commitment to varying degrees; Hungary must increase its own eco-energy total to 13 percent from the current 5 percent.   Niestetal, Germany - SMA Solar Technology AG announced the acquisition of the module inverters (micro-inverters) technology platform from the Dutch company OKE-Services. In the coming years, SMA will continue to develop this technology and launch its own module inverter product range. In order to expand its product portfolio in the lower range power classes and to meet all customer requirements in the future, SMA Solar Technology AG (SMA) has acquired the micro inverter technology platform from OKE-Services (OKE), a Dutch company. Both parties have agreed to keep the exact purchase price confidential. Unlike the photovoltaic inverter with string technology, which converts the direct current (DC) of numerous interconnected photovoltaic modules into alternating current (AC), a micro inverter converts the DC to AC separately at each individual photovoltaic module.
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Valence: True Global Leader in Integrated Energy Storage Solutions  
Valence is a true global leader in lithium iron magnesium phosphate energy storage solutions! The company has emerged from a strong technology and IP base to become the commercial leader in the supply of safe high-volume products. The company has redefined performance, safety and quality in the market and is delivering innovative, long-life, fully customizable solutions in volume to a range of customer applications around the world with unparalleled levels of systems integration, service and support. Valence is involved in all aspects of energy storage development and manufacturing from the cathode powder and materials, through to the cells and the intelligent packs, all of which are done to the highest quality and standards (ISO 9001 certified and working towards TS 16949). Continual investment in research and development has resulted in the third generation Epoch™ technology, enhancing the performance of energy storage systems. Valence services a global market through local fulfillment alongside local service and engineering applications support. Founded in 1989, and headquartered in Austin, Texas, Valence has facilities in Nevada, China and Northern Ireland.
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